Tips for saving water

Archive for February, 2012

Tips for saving water

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
  • Fix dripping taps – they can waste up to 4 litres of water a day.
  • Take showers instead of baths – showers use 2–3 times less water than a bath (except for power showers which can use more water than a bath in less than 5 minutes).
  • Keep a bottle or jug of water in the fridge instead of running tap water until it gets cold (it should be covered and kept no longer than a day).
  • Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth or shaving; this can waste almost 9 litres a minute.
  • Wash your vegetables in a bowl rather than under running water.
  • Water your garden in the early morning or evening as it will not evaporate so quickly; it is also better to water thoroughly once a week than water lightly but more frequently; avoid using sprinklers; install a water butt to collect rainwater for your garden – it’s better for the garden than tap water.
  • Fit a Hippo device (also known as a Save a Flush) – it can save up to 3 litres of water with every flush. Your water company may be able to supply them free of charge.
  • Don’t use your washing machine or dishwasher on half-load programme – a full load uses less water than two half loads (the average wash uses about 95 litres of water).
  • Use only the minimum water required while boiling water in saucepans or kettles – you will save energy as well as water.
  • Make sure your water pipes are lagged in time for winter – burst water pipes can cause serious damage, as well as wasting water.

Your household plumbing

A little knowledge about plumbing can save you time and money when you are faced with a burst pipe or a leak.

The most important thing to know is where your stop tap (stopcock) is located. If you want to carry out any repairs, it must be turned off. If a cistern or pipe bursts you will need to drain the system by running the cold tap. The stop tap is usually located in the kitchen under the sink. Your stop tap can also seize up quickly from lack of use; it is worth making sure that is working smoothly by turning it from time to time. If the stop tap is stuck or leaking, have it repaired by a plumber